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4:00 PM on 10.28.2014

I miss demo discs

It's hard not to sound like an old man when you go off on something like this. Decrying modern advancement in favor of some kind of nostalgic never-was is always a terrific way to seem out of touch. Intellectually, I know tha...

Nic Rowen


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Get your nostalgia flowing with this cartoon retelling of EarthBound photo
Get your nostalgia flowing with this cartoon retelling of EarthBound
by Darren Nakamura

Fans of EarthBound celebrated the 20th anniversary of its Japanese release a little over a month ago on August 27. Followers of the series are known for going above and beyond in celebrating it, so of course one would spend four years making this lovely, charming tribute.

The five-minute animation retells the story of Ness and his friends on their journey to save Eagleland from Giygas. So many little touches are in there that will bring a smile to EarthBound fans' faces. There is a Spiteful Crow carrying a cookie, Paula's teddy bear, a New Age Retro Hippie, the Runaway Five, Overcoming Shyness, homesickness, and more. The iconic scene of Paula praying during the final battle made me a little misty-eyed.

More information about the video and its creation can be found at Project PK Flash.

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6:00 AM on 07.08.2014

Surprise! Kids today are spoiled, jaded, and kinda dumb when you show them older technology

Completely removing nostalgia from the equation, these Kids React videos rub me the wrong way. For one thing, kids just don't have any relevant opinions that I'm interested in. I don't find them funny or insightful. And hone...

Brittany Vincent

1:00 AM on 09.08.2013

AVGN braves the unholy tide of Tiger LCD games

I knew this day would come. The Angry Video Game Nerd made a video about Tiger's line of LCD handheld games. I've warned you all about the horrors of these infernal contraptions. I even pointed you in the direction of an onl...

Tony Ponce

4:00 AM on 08.16.2013

And now, 50 SNES final bosses bite the big one

A few months ago, Cinemassacre and Angry Video Game Nerd collaborator Mike Matei uploaded a video quiz challenging viewers to guess the 50 NES games on display just from their final boss death animations. The bits have now d...

Tony Ponce

4:00 PM on 08.12.2013

Play Game & Watch and other LCD games in your browser

Hey, 80s babies! Have fond memories of portable gaming in the days before Game Boy? Did your parents ever buy you those Tiger electronic handhelds for $10 a pop to shut you up on those long drives? Or were you born just a lit...

Tony Ponce

3:00 PM on 04.20.2013

Play around with this fun NES music box

Got a couple of minutes to spare? What am I saying? Of course you do! Check this shizz out! NeoGAF user asa spent a few days messing around in Unity in order to make a nifty interactive NES music box. By pressing the power bu...

Tony Ponce

1:00 PM on 04.13.2013

50 NES games, 50 final boss death animations

Earlier this week, Mike Matei of Cinemassacre shared a video of 50 "deathblows" from popular and not so popular NES titles. He had originally intended to compose a list of his favorite final boss deaths from the NES era, but...

Tony Ponce



Did you know you can actually beat Snake? photo
Did you know you can actually beat Snake?
by Tony Ponce

Everyone knows Snake. They've played it on their computers, on their phones, on their friggin' TI-83 calculators. It was Angry Birds before there was Angry Birds.

But did you know there's an actual ending? This GIF tearing up the joint on reddit proves just that. I only wish I knew Russian!

Смотрим до конца [Живые картинки из интернетов via reddit]

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Preview: Mage's Initiation channels Quest for Glory photo
Preview: Mage's Initiation channels Quest for Glory
by Fraser Brown

The adventure/roleplaying game is one of my favorite hybrids, next to the Liger, and undoubtedly the first series that the mind conjures up when thinking of this genre is Sierra's Quest for Glory titles (other than the fifth game, an action RPG). Puzzles and puns mixed with classes and combat, the two genres made excellent bedfellows. 

Lamentably, neither the franchise or the genre really made it out of the '90s, and publishers weren't exactly keen to support anything with lots of pointing and clicking. That's why we have Kickstarter now, right?

Himalaya Studios, the team behind several Sierra remakes, is working on a brand spanking new adventure in the vein of Quest for Glory, called Mage's Initiation. I recently got to take the alpha demo for a spin -- a very, very short spin -- with one of the classes, and I've come away with the desire to play more, if only because the press demo was absolutely tiny.

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9:00 AM on 02.16.2013

This is what a live-action PS1 RPG would look like

Blue Core Studios, producer of the recent Sonic fan film, has decided to pump out a quickie short that pays homage to PS1-era RPGs, most notably the Final Fantasy series. I think the team was able to perfectly capture the sl...

Tony Ponce





8:00 PM on 02.02.2013

Old Nintendo game translations were fun!

The adorable (and undeniably Canadian) Rinry used to be able to pump out fun, nostalgic videos at a fairly decent clip. But ever since she became a mommy, she hasn't had as much time for video production. 'Tis a shame, 'caus...

Tony Ponce



Offbeat Hall of Fame: Nintendo Super Power Supplies photo
Offbeat Hall of Fame: Nintendo Super Power Supplies
by Tony Ponce

[Offbeat Hall of Fame is a showcase of the cool, often bizarre products and media from years past that celebrate videogames and gamer culture.]

Have you picked up your copy of the final Nintendo Power yet? Looking through it again, I still have trouble accepting that a piece of my childhood is gone for good. However, thanks to the magic of the Internet, a trip down memory lane is but a click away.

There are many things I loved about Nintendo Power -- the maps, the comics, the Classified Information cheats section that always devoted a page or two to Super Mario World -- but something about physical goodies always filled me with a special glee. And there was no better repository of Nintendo merchandise in the 90s than the Super Power Supplies catalog!

Before digital retailers became a thing, mail order catalogs were the only way to obtain nifty items unavailable in stores. For the Nintendo generation, Super Power Supplies was our shopping mecca. Because how cool was the kid wearing a sick-ass Fulgore mask on Halloween?

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Nintendo Power's last hurrah leaves me in tears photo
Nintendo Power's last hurrah leaves me in tears
by Tony Ponce

Last night, I noticed that the final issue of Nintendo Power was in stock at Barnes & Noble. Naturally, I bought two copies: one to peruse and one to leave in the shrink wrap FOR. EV. ER.

If you've ever been an NP reader or subscriber, you need to pick this baby up. The mag is so chock-full of good feelings and pleasant memories, which makes it all the more painful to read. But as Butters once said, it's "like a beautiful sadness."

I want to share a few impressions about issue #285 in the hopes that you'll run out the door to snag a copy as soon as possible.

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2:15 PM on 11.30.2012

The final Nintendo Power cover is perfect

On the left is Nintendo Power #1. On the right is the final issue, #285. Wow. Bravo. We were hoping to wait until the mag hit newsstands on December 11, but since this photo of its cover has been making the rounds all day, we...

Tony Ponce

2:00 PM on 11.23.2012

Let's watch 27 minutes of Rockman commercials!

Thanksgiving is over, which means it's time to shift gears and focus on the next major celebration: the 25th anniversary of Mega Man! My writing output, which was already very Mega Man-heavy, is poised to become even more "m...

Tony Ponce